Second Interview Tips

The second interview comes with an entirely new set of rules in addition to those which govern the first interview. This is because, typically, a second interview involves speaking with a number of people in addition to the one you initially met. Consequently, though there is a degree of familiarity in the air during the second interview, there is also a heightened sense of stress because you’re one step closer to snagging the job.

Here, we’ll look at some helpful hints for getting you through your second interview.

Prepare Like Never Before;

Above all else, you’ll need to come to this interview even more prepared than you were for the first. That’s why taking notes during and after your initial face-to-face meeting is so critical; essentially, you can use those scribbling notes to make a great impression during the next interview phase.

For example, let’s say that you discovered in your first interview that the company for which you’re trying to work is in dire need of someone who can upgrade the externally-distributed corporate newsletter. On your second interview, you can bring examples of the methods you feel could be employed (by you, of course!) in order to take the newsletter to the “next level.” It will show that you’ve done some homework between your first meeting and the second, and also establish that you’re a self-motivated go-getter.

Wear Something Different;

You only have one suit? Then buy another one. It’s never appropriate to wear the same thing to the first and second interviews (except in the unlikely event that they occur on the same day.) Even if your interviews are weeks apart, opt for a different outfit. Consider it an investment in your employment future.

Meet and Greet;

Remember that you may well be taken on a tour to see where you would be working and to meet potential colleagues. This is your opportunity to make a strong first impression with them; have great eye contact and smile, they will want to see how you interact, head up and exude confidence

Remain Professional;

Remember, the second interview is just as formal as the first. A common mistake that candidates make at the second and third interview is to become complacent.

Go into every interview with the same professional attitude you had at the beginning.

Draw On Different Examples;

If questions come up in this interview that are similar to those asked last time, try to draw on different examples from your experience.

Having only one example could suggest that your experience is limited.

Before the interview you should try to think of all the questions asked last time and how you could improve or elaborate on the answers you gave.

Be sure to be consistent in your answers, drawing on different relevant examples.

Reiterate Your “Selling Points”

Remember how you primed yourself for your first interview so you could “wow” your prospective employer with the benefits associated with hiring you? Think back to that initial discussion and try to recall exactly what seemed to impress your interviewer(s) the most. Then, make sure you focus on those elements during your second interview.

Though you might feel odd saying some of the same things over again (especially if one of your interviewers is the person who interviewed you the first time around), know that it’s important for you to hit those “unique selling points” a second time… hard. After all, this is probably your final chance at the position; use all the arrows in your quiver for the most impact.


No matter what, it’s extremely important that you take a few minutes before your interview to calm your nerves. Walk around the block or do deep breathing exercises. Read a few passages from an inspirational book or call a supportive, cheerful loved one. Do whatever it will take for you to walk through the door with a genuine smile and a firm, assertive handshake.

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